Latest Weed Stories

2013-07-29 23:03:09

Scientists with the Weed Science Society of America say Ludwigia can overwhelm native plants, degrade water quality, increase flood risk and reduce the available habitat for water birds and fish. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) July 29, 2013 Three water-loving species in the primrose family are now plaguing communities across the Pacific Northwest and Southern Atlantic — clogging lakes, ponds, canals, rice fields and sensitive wetlands. The exotic invaders are Uruguaian primrose-willow (Ludwigia...

2013-06-26 20:42:26

Contrary to popular belief, crabgrass does not thrive in lawns, gardens and farm fields by simply crowding out other plants. A new study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found that the much-despised weed actually produces its own herbicides that kill nearby plants. Chui-Hua Kong and colleagues point out that crabgrass is not only a headache for lawns and home gardens, but also a major cause of crop loss on farms. Scientists long suspected, but had a hard time proving,...

2013-06-24 23:17:44

Scientists from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) are among those participating in the Aquatic Plant Management Society's annual meeting. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) June 24, 2013 Scientists, professionals and policymakers interested in the management of aquatic weeds will gather next month for the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) annual meeting. The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is among the exhibitors at the event, which is scheduled for July 14-17 in San...

Ailanthus Tree's Invasive Species Status Offers Lesson In Human Interaction
2013-06-24 16:37:04

Penn State An exotic tree species that changed from prized possession to forest management nightmare serves as a lesson in the unpredictability of non-native species mixing with human interactions, according to researchers. "There are other invasive tree species in Pennsylvania, but the Ailanthus, by far, has been here longer and does more damage than any other invasive tree," said Matthew Kasson, who received his doctorate in plant pathology and environmental microbiology from Penn...

2013-05-28 23:19:27

University faculty and local educators translate the latest research into best practices that are benefiting communities nationwide, say experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) May 28, 2013 The U.S. Cooperative Extension Program is approaching its 100-year anniversary — an important milestone for an organization that has helped to transform American agriculture since its founding in May 1914. Through the years, extension agents have taught...

2013-04-26 23:04:11

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) points to the importance of early intervention when battling spurge, a weed that thrives in hot and sunny locations. LAWRENCE, KANSAS (PRWEB) April 26, 2013 Though the economy and housing market have begun to recover in the aftermath of the Great Recession, one unexpected impact still lingers. Landscape nurseries that saw fewer plant sales during the downturn are now battling weeds entrenched in unsold containers of perennials, shrubs and trees....

2013-03-26 23:02:41

New initiatives have transformed how we gather and consolidate information about harmful invaders. Scientists with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) say it is important to use that information to take effective action before an infestation spreads. LAWRENCE, Kansas (PRWEB) March 26, 2013 Over the past decade, dozens of “early detection, rapid response” initiatives have been launched by states to keep invasive species from devastating natural habitats and damaging our...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.